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Sagarika Ghose

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Sagarika Ghose
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Sagarika Ghose
Born (1964-11-08) 8 November 1964 (age 51)
New Delhi, India
Education St. Stephen's College, Delhi
Magdalen College, Oxford
St Antony's College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist, news anchor
Years active 1991–present
Notable credit(s) Face The Nation
Spouse(s) Rajdeep Sardesai (m. 1994)
Website Sagarika Ghose's Blog

Sagarika Ghose (born 8 November 1964) is an Indian journalist, news anchor and author. She has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook and The Indian Express. She was the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN. Ghose has won several awards in journalism and is the author of two novels. She resigned as deputy editor of CNN-IBN in July 2014 after the network was taken over by Reliance Industries.[1] She is now consulting editor at The Times of India.

Personal life[edit]

Ghose received her bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship in 1987, she has a Bachelor's in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil. from St Antony's College, Oxford.[2] Since 1991, she has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express and was deputy editor and prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.[3][4]

She is the daughter of Bhaskar Ghose, formerly of the Indian Administrative Service 1960 batch, erstwhile Director General of Doordarshan, the Indian public television network.[5] Her two aunts include Arundhati Ghose, former ambassador and diplomat and Ruma Pal, former justice of the Supreme Court of India. She is married to journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai. Rajdeep and Sagarika have two children, son Ishan, and daughter Tarini.[6]

Ghose, and other Indian journalists like Barkha Dutt, have been victim to abuse and trolling on social media sites like Twitter.[7] Ghose said she stopped posting her views and fearing for the safety of her daughter. She said, "It was very disturbing. I didn't know what to do. So for a few days I had her picked up and dropped off to school in our car and not via public transport, because I was really scared."[7][8]

Ghose's Twitter interview with Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party in 2013 became the first instance of an Indian politician giving a social media interview prior to the polls.[9]


Ghose has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. In 2004 she became the first woman to host Question Time India.[5] She was the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.[3][4] Her writings and broadcasts have earned her popularity and also criticism from right-wing viewers.[10][11] Ghose resigned from CNN-IBN on 5 July 2014 after the network was acquired by the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries ltd. She was deputy editor of the channel.[12][13]

Ravi Shankar interview incident[edit]

In a show on 9 November 2011, Ghose introduced Hindu spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as "joining us tonight" and asked him several questions, contradicting and criticising his answers.[14][15] Whenever Ravi Shankar was on screen, "CNN-IBN Live" was shown on the video feed. However, Ravi Shankar was interviewed earlier that day, and his statements were edited and presented as answers to Ghose's live questions. When this was criticised Ghose cited "technical issues", before she and CNN-IBN later gave a formal apology.[16][17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Her show Question Time Didi, an audience based interaction with Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and students, from which Banerjee famously stormed out mid-way, received the NT Award for Best Public Debate Show in 2013.[18] She was awarded the Gr8-ITA award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009. Ghose was awarded an Excellence in Journalism Award (Aparajita Award) from FICCI Ladies Organisation in 2005.[19] In 2012 she received the CF Andrews Award for Distinguished Alumnus from St Stephen's College.[20] In 2013, Ghose received the ITA Best Anchor Award from the Indian Television Academy (ITA).[21] In 2014, The Rhodes Project included Ghose on a list of 13 famous women Rhodes Scholars.[22]

Published works[edit]

Ghose is the author of two novels, The Gin Drinkers published in 1998 and Blind Faith worldwide in 2004.[5][23] The Gin Drinkers was also published in the Netherlands.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai Resigns as Editor in Chief of CNN-IBN". 
  2. ^ Sagarika Ghose (24 March 2010). "Sagarika Ghose from HarperCollins Publishers". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Sagarika Ghose". 5 June 2007. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Seema Chowdhry (8 February 2013). "Airing both sides". Livemint. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Som, Rituparna (6 November 2006). "Most of my critics are talentless lderly ladies: Sagarika Ghose". DNA. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "The referee in town". The Hindu. 10 June 2004. 
  7. ^ a b Arya, Divya (8 May 2013). "Why are Indian women being attacked on social media?". BBC News. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Dixit, Pranav (17 July 2010). "How to be a successful troll on web". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "In first Twitter interview, Kejriwal says no free power if AAP wins in Delhi". 1 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Netiquette, Not Censorship". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "India: Meet the 'Internet Hindus'". GlobalPost. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "CNN-IBN editors Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose quit". 
  13. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose Quit CNN-IBN". 
  14. ^ Sharma, Mihir S (12 November 2011). "Look-Live Lies". Indian Express. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "टीवी पर की गलती, ट्विटर पर हुई धुलाई" [Mistake committed on television, criticism on Twitter] (in Hindi). Navbharat Times. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Oops moment for CNN-IBN with Sri Sri video, Sagarika in fuss". One India. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Face The Nation: A clarification and an apology". CNN IBN. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "National Television Awards: Latest News Stories, Photos, Videos, Blogs & Talks". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "5 Hottest Female Indian Journalists - Page 5". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Watch: St Stephen's Felicitates Sagarika Ghose, Other Alumni". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "ITA Awards: CNN-IBN best English news channel, Sagarika Ghose best anchor". Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
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  23. ^ Bose, Brinda (25 September 2006). "Pulp friction". India Today. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Gin Drinkers - Sagarika Ghose - Review - A lush portrait of Delhi Intellectual life". 18 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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